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Sequim 3 Story Home

A 3 Story Home in the Sequim area is a rarity. Retirees just do not build a 3 story home, at least until now. Why? The obvious. Retirees do not like stairs. Most of my buyers are in their 50s and 60s, and while they are pretty healthy, they usually say something very similar, “We’re healthy now, but we’re thinking about when we are in our 80s. We don’t want to be walking up and down stairs to the master bedroom.”

3 Story Home

3 Story Home a Novelty in Sequim

So when I saw this 3 story home going up in Sequim, I was fascinated. Unless there’s an elevator shaft I do not see, this home has stairs galore. It appears fairly narrow, especially when you allow for staircases inside, which always take up a lot of square footage. There are both advantages and disadvantages to a 3 story home. 

The chief advantage is the view you get from the top floor. In this case, this 3 story home is facing the Olympic Mountains, and the view will be wonderful. On this particular lot, you needed a second floor or a third floor to capture the majesty of the mountain view they will have, but on many lots that are positioned with a grand panoramic view, you get an incredible view from a single level home. 

3 Story Home Disadvantage

There are significant disadvantages. The building costs increase dramatically with a 3rd floor, the heating is not as efficient as a single level, and there is the loss of useable space because of all the staircases, not to mention having to climb up and down all those darn stairs for the rest of your life. But the biggest disadvantage in an area like Sequim is that retirees don’t want to buy a 3 story home. While a 3 story home may be the cat’s meow while owned by the original builder/owner, reselling a 3 story home may be nearly impossible in Sequim. That’s just the reality of our demographics. I’m glad my home is a single level, but I’ll certainly have fun looking at this 3 story home every time I drive past it.

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President Trump. Who would have thought it was possible? Granted, there were many who hoped and many who did not want HRC to get in the White House, but honestly, who genuinely felt a President Trump was even possible? Very few. He had nearly everything going against him, except apparently American voters. But now that this election has been resolved and in January there will be a President Trump, what does that mean for the housing market and real estate in general?

President Trump

President Trump and Housing

As expected, the news late on election night that The Donald might become President Trump translated into a substantial drop in overnight trading in the Globex markets internationally. But as expected, this dramatic drop was temporary, and already today stocks and indexes, commodities, and currencies are up to where they were. But what does a President Trump mean for the future of home sales and the real estate market and economy?

By way of establishing some credibility with my readers on this subject, I have a degree in Economics with a speciality in monetary policy, a law degree and 20 years of real estate law practice, have been a registered financial advisor and certified estate planner when I was still practicing law, and I have a lifetime of business development and entrepreneurship. For the past 11 years I have run my own real estate brokerage.

President Trump and Economics

So here is my prediction of how a President Trump will impact the housing market, prices, and construction. Economically his policies as discussed in their preliminary planning are pro-growth for the construction, home building, and home sales sectors. While the man may not be an articulate politician, he certainly understands real estate. You cannot make billions of dollars in real estate unless you’re one of the best and most knowledgeable real estate experts in the world.

He understands the need for home ownership. He knows about how home ownership among the middle class was devastated in the real estate and mortgage meltdown. He understands that economic growth, jobs, and home ownership all go hand-in-hand. Whatever personal character faults the man has, he does have the real life experience of creating jobs that virtually no other president has ever had. He also understands the mortgage business and how interest rates and the cost of building supplies effect the home industry.

How he performs in International politics and social programs in the U.S. remains to be seen, but on the subject of home ownership, home prices, and the future of the real estate market, I think a President Trump is good news for buyers and sellers. I believe that buyers who have held off on making the decision to buy a home because of the uncertainty of this election, are now going to make their plans to buy their home, especially retirees who have been waiting for resolution. I think we may all be surprised at the positive impact a President Trump will have on the real estate market.

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Buying a Home Out of Town

Buying a home out of town is something worth thinking about before you arrive in Sequim or Port Angeles or Port Townsend. How far out of town are you willing to live? What if your number one home is 15 minutes from downtown Sequim? What if the home with a water view that stirs your soul is 15 minutes west of Port Angeles? What would you do?

Buying a Home Out of Town

Buying a Home Out of Town and Shopping

Convenience is an important consideration when it comes to buying a home out of town, and the further out you are, the longer the drive to the grocery store, Costco, Home Depot, WalMart, or the pharmacy. I realize I’m saying the obvious, but the reason it is worth thinking about is because some of the most incredible homes are further out on the concentric circles from our urban centers.

Sometimes a home further from town is also on the side of a mountain or high enough to have an extraordinary water view of International waters. That can also mean a steep road or driveway. We don’t get snow very often, and we can go for years without any snow, but snow and ice can happen. This is a consideration for most buyers, but even Bell Hill in Sequim has some incredibly steep roads and driveways.

Buying a Home Out of Town and Price

There is an advantage for buyers who are willing to drive 15 or more minutes to town. Can you guess what that advantage is? If you’re thinking price, you are right. As you get further out of town, price goes down. It’s a matter of supply and demand. Buyers who want to be close to shopping have to pay more for homes in higher demand. Buying a home out of town means lower demand and lower prices. A gorgeous home right in town with a great water view that sells for $750,000 might sell for $625,000 just 18 minutes out of town. That’s a $125,000 difference.

How far would you be willing to drive to save a lot of money? Maybe the only home you really love would mean buying a home out of town? It’s something worth thinking about. Buying a home out of town.

 

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Looking at Homes in Sequim

Yesterday I spent the day looking at homes with clients, and it was a very interesting day because of the homes we viewed. The first home was a beautiful custom built home, but there were two deal killers for my buyers. One was the view would be blocked when another home was built on the adjacent lot, and that would destroy so much of the value of this home’s appeal. The second deal killer was something a little unusual.

Looking at Homes

Looking at Homes

The main room with large windows facing the best view would normally be a room with comfortable chairs or sofas or some kind of sitting area. The idea would be that you could sit and enjoy the view. Instead the room was designed to be an exercise room only. While that is a cool idea, it is probably cool to less than 1% of the buying population. Substantial reconstruction would be required to convert it to a sitting area, so this home would not appeal to over 99% of the potential buyers in this market.

Now we get to one of my pet peeves. If you build a house so unique or with some extremely unique features, you have severely limited your ability to sell the house to the vast majority of future buyers. Granted, you have created the “perfect” retirement home for you and your spouse, but not for anyone else. Ten to twenty years later when you want to sell your home, you will enter a nightmare scenario, because you need to sell the home but cannot, and to eventually get it sold, you must take a devastating financial loss in your senior years. That was the first home we viewed.

Surprises Looking at Homes

I never get tired of looking at homes with buyers. The second home we looked at also happened to be unique, but for different reasons. It was a home with a million dollar water view, but it had small windows peeking out at the water view. The living room had little windows, the dining room had little windows, and the kitchen and bedrooms all had peek-a-boo water views. Crazy! A million dollar water view and the people who built the house did not take advantage of it with large windows! (more…)

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Modern Sequim Low Maintenance Home

Does a low maintenance home sound attractive? Sequim is famous for its Rain Shadow, but Sequim is also known for affordable housing and many who retire in Sequim love the idea of a low maintenance home and a low maintenance yard.

Sequim Low Maintenance Home 3D Virtual Tour

Low Maintenance Home

Sequim Low Maintenance Home

This home is a 5 minute drive from Safeway downtown Sequim, and yet it sits up high above Sequim in beautiful Emerald Highlands with a water view. The yard is a low maintenance yard behind the house in a fenced yard. The garage is a large double garage with room for toys. 

The house is 1,968 square feet of modern custom quality, including 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The master bedroom is very large with a walk-in closet, and the master bath is your dream bath with a double sink, shower, and deep tub.

Everything you need is on one floor, which is what most retirees want. When you drive into your garage, you carry the groceries straight into the kitchen. But there is a bonus room. There is one room with its own entrance on the lower level, and this large finished room could be just about anything you want.

See more photos and learn more about this Sequim low maintenance home.

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10 Powerful Buyer Resources on Sequim Homes

Welcome to the 10 most powerful buyer resources of Sequim homes. Use these 10 resources, and you will see why thousands of buyers before you have raved about these resources. Why do Sequim home buyers love these resources? They were designed specifically for buyers of Sequim homes, and most of them have taken many years to develop and improve with buyers’ meticulous preferences in mind. So here they, and I hope you enjoy them.

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10 Powerful Resources for Buyers of Sequim Homes

1. The best Sequim MLS site is Sequim-Homes.com. Watch the video on that site for the quick and easy intro on using the best local MLS site to find and save your favorite homes. (This site is 100% accurate, which is not true of many national MLS sites.)

2. The best real estate blog on Sequim homes, which includes over 1,500 articles about every aspect of buying a home in the Sequim market. This blog is used every month by over 100,000 people who are looking at Sequim homes and retiring on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Bookmark Sequim Real Estate Blog.

3. The best (and only) books written just for buyers about buying Sequim homes, including Sequim Real Estate: A Buyer’s Guide available on Amazon (47 chapters addressing the most important buyer concerns), Buying & Selling Real Estate in the Rain Shadow in a 310 page paperback on Amazon (and now in the Kindle store entitled Buying & Selling Real Estate), Buying Your Retirement Home (in the Apple iBookstore), and How to Make an Offer (in the Apple iBookstore). Learn more about these great buyer resources at Real Estate Books.

4. The best Sequim real estate expertise for buyers of Sequim homes. What if you could find a Sequim Buyer’s Agent who had also been a real estate attorney for 20 years. You get this experience free. Imagine a broker who watches out for your best interests and protects you.

5. The best weekly newsletter for buyers of Sequim homes. This email newsletter will arrive once a week in your inbox with the latest articles about what is happening in the Sequim real estate market. There is no other more relevant free (or paid) resource for buyers.

6. The best real estate market reports for the Sequim market. Multiple reports throughout the month are published on the real estate blog.

7. The best Sequim map for buyers visiting. This map was designed by a professional map maker of three decades with my guidance to include what buyers want most on their map. The map can be ordered directly from me, or picked up free at the Sequim Chamber of Commerce. The map is so popular, the Chamber says they are flying off the shelf.

8. The best Sequim foreclosure site. It’s hard to find a clean list of foreclosures that are actually for sale. Neither foreclosure.com nor realtytrac.com have an accurate database of Sequim foreclosures, but I have created a site that does, and you’ll find it at Sequim Foreclosures.

9. The best database of answers to hundreds of questions buyers have been asking for 20 years in Sequim. Just type a concise phrase or word, and all the articles on that subject will instantly be available. You’ll find this at Sequim Answers. And another site with short questions and answers is also available at Sequim Real Estate Q&A.

10: The best online links to deep research on your potential properties. Some of these sites have government urls that are very hard to find, and you can’t remember the long names, so I’ve compiled the 5 most valuable local government sites for buyers of Sequim homes. Go to Sequim Real Estate Maps and Documents

Super Resources on Sequim Homes

You’ve got to believe that anyone who would create all these powerful resources over a period of many years must take customer service awful serious. And the answer is that we do. Email or call (360-775-5424) any time, but by all means use our free online resources if you are looking at Sequim homes.

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20 Acres and a Water View

This 20 acres comes with a beautiful custom built home and a water view of International waters. If you want privacy with no neighbors, this is it. You can walk through this entire home right now online with this 3D Virtual Tour by using your mouse or keyboard arrows. You can turn 360 degrees in any room in the house, and you can even go up the stairs to the reading room. To watch this tour, after you hit the play button below, it will load the video, and then use the full screen option in the bottom right corner. After that, you use your mouse or keyboard arrows to move throughout the house.

20 Acres Between Sequim and Port Angeles

You can’t see from the windows, but there is a long distance water view, and it’s gorgeous. This is a really impressive home, and you can enjoy the deck or walk around anywhere on this 20 acres with total privacy. Do you like to shoot skeet? Do that from your own back door. How’s that for privacy and control over your own property?

Here’s a detailed description: Water View Custom Home on 20 acres: This home has a panoramic view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria B.C., Black Comb Mountain, Whistler, and the San Juan Islands. The exceptional quality of this home sets it apart from the rest with its 2 x 6 construction and upgrades that include a special insulation package called the Alaskan Package.

20 Acres and Custom Built Home

And the listing agent wrote this additional description: The kitchen is complete with ample counter and cabinet space, a large center island and breakfast bar, instant hot water, and Jenn-Air appliances. The great room boasts a Vermont Casting free standing stove, the largest free standing stove made. Due to the intentional angle of the home, the Master bedroom delightfully receives morning sun. Off the Master, there is a deck that is hot tub ready. The Master bath entertains a double sink vanity, walk-in closet, separate shower, and a Jacuzzi jetted tub. Bedroom #2 is currently used as an office and this room also has an adjoining full bath. On the opposite end of the home is a generous size guest bedroom with a full bath and private deck. There is a finished bonus/recreation room above the garage accessed from inside the house. The laundry room is conveniently located off the garage on the main floor and is complete with a 3/4 bath. The oversized garage has a full kitchen with pantry and a free-standing stove. In the event of power failure, the home is equipped with a Generac 6500 generator. There are 2 wells, one is an Artesian well. Both wells are grandfathered in so WRIA is not an issue. Water your animals and grow a garden as small or large as you like. The garden and fruit trees are productive and a green house provides a wonderful environment for growing/seedlings. There is a seasonal pond and creek. There are 5 frost free hydrants strategically placed throughout the property for easy access. RV parking, a dump, and 220v hook-up is located on the east side of the home. This home and property has so much to offer. There is a life-time supply of fire wood, an abundant amount of property to grow your own garden, raise animals of your choice, build an additional residence for extended family, the sky is the limit. For fun and challenge- there is a horse shoe range as well as a trap shooting range.

How’s that for 20 acres and a home? The price is $649,000. If you’d like to view this home, call your favorite buyer’s agent, Chuck Marunde, at 360-775-5424. See the full listing at a Home on 20 Acres. The listing will remain online until it is sold and closed.

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Sequim Homes on Zillow

Zillow homes in Sequim can be viewed online, including homes sold. You can even enlarge a Zillow map of homes sold and open specific homes to see the history, the sales price, the photos, and more. Here is a Zillow map of homes sold by Chuck Marunde. Click on the map to go to the interactive map of homes sold. Use your mouse to enlarge and move the map and to open the full history and photos of homes.

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Zillow Homes

Zillow has some nice features, and many buyers are using Zillow to search for their Sequim home, but there is a caution. A lot of the Zillow data is incorrect, and in some cases grossly incorrect. I like the convenience of all the Zillow information on homes listed and sold, but I do recommend adding a local Sequim MLS site to your search so that you can look at the actual listing information on a specific home as posted by the local listing Realtor. You’ll find this site at Sequim MLS.

Zillow Homes in Sequim

You can pull up up all the Sequim homes for sale and their sales history directly on Zillow at Sequim Homes on Zillow.

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Homes Sold More Than Once

Some homes are on the market a long time before they sell, but some homes are sold once, twice, and even three times, like this home. I sold this home three times in the past two years. The first time it was a foreclosure, and it was really a disaster. The elderly woman who owned it, abandoned it and let it go into foreclosure. She moved out and left her furniture and personal possessions. It took over a year for the bank to complete the foreclosure. 

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Homes Remodeled

My clients bought this home when others thought it was hopeless. They completely remodeled the home, inside and out, and turned it into a beautiful modern home. The next buyers had decided to move to Sequim, although the husband had a chiropractic practice in Silverdale, an hour away. After about 6 months of living in the home, their own adult children were moving to Silverdale, and they decided to buy a home closer to their children, so they put this home on the market.

Homes Selling

I sold it a third time for $239,000. Since the inventory for 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes is very limited, this was a good price for a 1,450 square foot home without a garage. It sits on almost one acre in a quiet and peaceful area near the end of a cul de sac a few miles northwest of downtown Sequim. 

You can see what the current inventory looks like by viewing this list of all active Sequim MLS listings of 3 bedroom homes from $225,000 to $275,000: Sequim Homes.

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When you look at older homes and newer homes, whether it is in Sequim, Port Angeles, or Port Townsend, there is major distinction you should make as a buyer, or you could find out after you move into the home that you paid too much. No one talks about this, so today I hope this will help you avoid overpaying for your dream home.

Older Homes

Older Homes v. Newer Homes

Here’s the trap of comparing older homes with newer homes. You walk into an older home, and your first impression is good. You may say, “This is nice. I like it.” Everything seems to be good. For example, take a look at this kitchen in the photo. It looks pretty good, doesn’t it? There are things we just don’t see when we are looking at homes, but they become apparent when we start living in the home. This kitchen is a remodel in a 1976 home. Can you see why this kitchen doesn’t compare with the kitchen in a newer home?

Older Homes and Construction or Remodeling

I don’t expect you to be able to identify all of them just from this photo, but many would be missed by the average buyer looking at 5 or 6 homes in the same day. First, the cabinets are cheap cabinets. They are not even designed for this kitchen. They are probably spare cabinets that were purchased at a discount sale. The top cabinet on the far right is a “hanging cabinet” that exposes a large blank side toward the dining room. The cabinet is actually a corner cabinet, and is sadly misplaced. In addition, there is actually very little functional cabinet space in this kitchen. You can’t tell from the photo, but the wood floor is desperately in need of refinishing, and it doesn’t match the wood floor in the adjoining living room, which was remodeled much later.

Newer homes will have a kitchen that was designed specifically for that space, and the cabinets will all fit seamlessly. This may not be immediately noticeable when you are looking at older homes, but this is important. 

What’s the point? The kitchen in this photo would cost $25,000 to $40,000 to bring it up to the same quality and functionality as the kitchen in a newer home. Unfortunately, the listing prices of older and newer homes are often the same. Do not miss things like this when you are looking at newer homes and comparing them to older homes.

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New Listing 3 BR 2 Bath Close to Town

There’s a new listing in town, and it is not far from downtown Sequim. This new listing has a remodeled kitchen that you’ve got to see. While this home is only 1,500 square feet plus a 500+ square foot garage, it is a very affordable home for the Sequim market. And it is only about a 4 minute drive to downtown and even closer to the 5th Avenue medical and dental facilities.

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New Listing in Sequim

You can look at all the photos and learn more about the features of this home at New Listing in Sequim. The lot is a little bigger than a quarter acre and the back yard is all fenced with a deck, with lush green grass and a few trees. There’s an outbuilding for storage, and space alongside the house for a boat or motor home.

New Listing Will Sell Quickly

Why would I suggest that this new listing in Sequim will sell quickly? Because homes like this in this price range are selling quickly, and some for full price right away and others for a little more than the listing price. If you want to see what is available in the Sequim MLS, here is a link to all of the 3 bedroom, 2 bath site-built homes between 1400 and 1800 square feet priced from $250,000 to $275,000: Old and New Listing. To see any of the homes on this list, call Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424 or text.

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Finding That Special Sequim Property

Are you searching for a special Sequim property? I think each of us searches for what we perceive as our ideal property, a home and property where we could be comfortable and happy forever. Over the past two decades I have jogged, bicycled, and driven thousands of miles on local back roads looking at Sequim property. I’ve shown and sold Sequim homes to many buyers from around the U.S.

Sequim Property

But I recently learned something new about Sequim property when I purchased my own home. It has been a very pleasant surprise, and I’m thinking you might like to know what I discovered.

My Dream Sequim Property

I bought a Sequim property about 6 miles northwest of downtown. My 2.58 acres are about half a mile from the bluff on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If you tell anyone who lives in Sequim that you’ve bought a house out in this area, their immediate response is almost always the same, “Oh, it’s really windy out there.” But have they actually lived in this area? Most of the time the answer is no.

In my first week on my Sequim property, it has been a little gusty in the afternoon, but guess what? Recently it has been gusty in and around most of Sequim, too. I talked to an old timer who lives near the bluff, and he said it’s gusty about 30% of the time. Many days it is perfectly still with no breeze at all. So it really isn’t windy all the time or even most of the time.

Sequim Property Surprises

Even though I knew the area well, I’ve had two big pleasant surprises on my special Sequim property. The first is the freshness of the ocean breeze that comes from the northeast. It is so fresh, it surprised me. Miles inland that breeze looses some of its ocean freshness. If you’ve ever stood on the shore of an ocean or sea, you know exactly what I mean. I love it. And when there is a breeze, it gently passes through my house when I open windows on the north and south sides.

The location was very important to me. I wanted what I call “useable property.” All of my land is useable (not steep hill sides), and I got an added bonus of being on a large irrigation system, and as you probably know, water is worth its weight in gold these days. As the TV infomercials like to say, “And wait, there’s more.” I also have a delightful panoramic mountain view from my back deck and back windows.

The second big surprise is that I can actually hear the waves crashing on the beach, even though I’m at least a half a mile inland. Holding a cup of hot gourmet Starbucks in my hand and walking my property early in the morning or in the evening with that fresh ocean smell and the sound of waves has added a whole new dimension to my life. And it is good. This is my kind of Heaven–my little Sequim property.

Conclusion: Be cautious about free advice about where you should live. Such advice is often missing out on some of the greatest delights you may experience on your Sequim property.

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Bell Hill

Bell Hill in Sequim has always been one of the most popular developments on the Peninsula, largely because Bell Hill has such a great perch above Sequim Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker, and British Columbia. Here’s an excellent example of a Bell Hill home currently for sale with a wonderful view from the windows and from the deck. Take a look at this 3 dimensional virtual tour, which allows you to talk through the entire home with your computer mouse or the arrows on your keyboard. Just click on this 3D virtual tour, and be sure to widen your browser so you can see the full virtual reality.

Bell Hill

Bell Hill Water Views

Bell Hill homes are known for having incredible water views, the kind of views that would bring millions of dollars in California at a fraction of that in Sequim. While the market has been shifting slowly from a buyer’s market toward a seller’s market, you can still buy a home on Bell Hill for substantially less than you could build the same home. Many of the homes that have been selling recently on Bell Hill are selling for 5% to 15% less than the cost to replace. Of course, that doesn’t take into consideration the lengthy time and all the stress of building a home.

Bell Hill Listings

You can view the Sequim MLS data sheet on this Bell Hill home at 413 Doe Run, and you can pull up all the homes listed for sale on Bell Hill at Bell Hill Homes for Sale.

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Sequim homes are hot right now. Many buyers are experiencing some frustration, because when they find what they think could be “the one,” it is either pending or goes pending before they can get to Sequim. One of the advantages of using Sequim-Homes.com to monitor Sequim listings is that you can see the “Status” of all listings. In other words, you can see if a favorite on your list changes from “Active” to “Act. Under Contr.-Cont.” This stands for “active under contract” which means it is pending. You can also have email alerts sent to you if a listing changes status.

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Sequim Homes and Days on Market

This home in the photo was on the market for almost 70 days before it sold. I represented the buyers. It’s always unpredictable when Sequim homes will sell or how long any particular home will be on the market before it sells. What has been happening this spring is that Sequim homes have been selling much quicker than they have been over the past 8 or 9 years.

While prices have not substantially increased, the time on market (days on market or DOM) has been decreasing, and more Sequim homes are selling for the full listed price. It’s not clearly either a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, but it is tilting toward a seller’s market. The Sequim real estate market (and Port Angeles and Port Townsend) is a small market with a slow but steady pipeline of buyers. That means it is statistically hard to define the market until a trend has been long established.

Sequim Homes Recommendation

My recommendation to my buyers is to know exactly what you want in a property, the kind of location you want, the floor plan, and much more. Then watch Sequim homes on Sequim-Homes.com and save your favorites and monitor them until you come to view your short list of favorites. Email me questions, and I will help you filter the homes on your list so you don’t waste your time when you get here. As you know, the photos and information in the MLS do not always give you a complete and accurate representation of what you will see in person.

And lastly, when you do find the ideal home, don’t dilly dally. Draft the offer and get it submitted right away. In this market, if you love a home, you can almost bet that one or two other buyers with similar preferences have been looking at it, too. We haven’t seen Sequim homes sell like this for almost a decade.

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Touring Sequim Homes

I toured Sequim homes yesterday with a buyer from out of town. We had time to look at seven homes. It was a particularly fun tour, because every home was especially unique and extraordinary in it’s own way. There were happy surprises, and there were what we both thought were serious negative issues with some Sequim homes for sale.

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Viewing Sequim Homes

The first home we looked at was a big disappointment, because in the photos it looked really great, but as we walked through it, we discovered it had a very unconventional floor plan on two levels, and there was another house built almost on top of this one, way too close. The listing price did not seem to reflect those negatives. The second home was a pleasant surprise. It has gorgeous river frontage and a very peaceful setting, but the home was too small and the price was too big.

Sequim Homes – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The third home was impressive, although it was an older home. The horse stables were built extremely well. My client was hoping for a little more privacy, and this home had some neighbors who could look right in the windows. The fourth home was in a very private setting, but the floor plan was funky. It felt more like a weekend getaway cabin than a retirement home.

The fifth home on our tour was a lot of fun. It had everything, privacy, a nice floor plan, and a big shop. But it had too much for this buyer. All told there at least seven buildings on this property. This property overwhelmed my buyer as it probably would most buyers looking at Sequim homes. While the property was fun to tour, it was so unique that it will take a buyer as unique as the seller, and that is pretty darn unique.

The sixth home on our tour of Sequim homes was up in the mountains, and the property was beautiful and had access to miles of horse trails. While the home had a nice floor plan, neither my buyer nor I could figure out what the owners intended with some unusual outbuildings. Usually you can figure out what was intended, but sometimes you cannot. In this case, we could not. At a much lower price, my buyer might have been tempted to submit an offer, but not at a listing price that did not seem to take into account the unusual nature of the outbuildings that will not appeal to the vast majority of buyers. Sometimes a price can be justified by comps or by replacement cost, but there may be negative factors that require a reduction in price, and sometimes sellers and listing agents don’t recognize these factors. I can tell you that buyers definitely know the difference.

The seventh of our Sequim homes was a log home. Log homes can be beautiful. I sold a gorgeous log home on five acres that had large windows all around and a cathedral ceiling. The logs were treated with a dark stain outside, but inside the logs were all natural, and absolutely stunning. But some log homes, especially two story log homes, can be dark if they have small windows on the first floor, and if they don’t have sky lights in the bedrooms on the second floor. Buyers do not like dark homes anymore. The log home we viewed was too dark for this buyer.

Looking at Sequim homes is a lot of fun. Join me when you come to the Olympic Peninsula (you can use the “Book Your Appt Online” in the right margin), and let’s do a tour of Sequim homes.

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How to Find a Sequim Home

How to find a Sequim home with video help is today’s topic. I’ve talked with hundreds of buyers in the past few years, and I’ve shown hundreds of homes. I’ve helped a lot of buyers find their ideal retirement homes. In the process I’ve learned what buyers are doing to search for their homes. I think you’ll find this useful, because some are doing it right, and some are making mistakes.

How to Find a Sequim Home

How to Find a Sequim Home – The First System

Every buyer today is using the Internet to search for their next home. That’s a given. But how buyers search the Internet can be divided into two approaches. The first approach is what a majority of well intentioned buyers are doing. Because they use the Internet to search for almost everything these days, they’ve gotten pretty good at finding answers to their questions, or finding the best price for a used car, or selling something on Craigslist. So when they decide to start searching for a home, they simply jump on the Internet like they always have, and they find a couple of real estate portals and start randomly searching. 

Whatever nationally syndicated site these buyers are using, and many of these sites are full of inaccurate information, these buyers are using a chaotic approach, and it is full of traps for the unwary buyer. I understand they honestly think they have a good system, but I can promise you, it is not the best approach to finding the home you intend to live in the rest of your life. But wait, because it gets better (or worse). The majority of buyers also use a chaotic approach to finding and hiring a Sequim real estate agent. They tend to hire any agent who answers the phone without any due diligence.

How to Find a Sequim Home – The Second System

A smaller percentage of buyers are using a different approach on how to find a Sequim home. They understand that searching for a home requires some Internet savvy. So the first thing they do is find a reliable Sequim MLS site that is 100% accurate and has all the local listings, a site that is very powerful but easy to navigate. I give you Sequim-Homes.com.

The second thing they do is find the best answers to their real estate questions. I give you the largest Sequim real estate blog with over 1,800 articles for buyers written by a veteran real estate broker and 20 year real estate attorney at Sequim Real Estate Blog

They also find more free tools and information linked from that Sequim Real Estate Blog than they can find anywhere else on the Internet answering their questions about how to find a Sequim home.

The third thing they do is qualify real estate agents, because they want someone who has the experience and competence to do a great job for them, and they also want an agent is honest and trustworthy. I recommend the articles on the real estate blog and the checklists and interview questions you’ll find there.

To get started, I suggest you watch the connected videos on the playlist above. This will help you use the Sequim MLS effectively. I hope this article hleps you answer the question on how to find a Sequim home.

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Buy a Home You Can Sell

Would you buy a home if you knew you could never sell it? Probably not, but people do it all the time. Of course, they don’t buy their retirement home saying to themselves, “We will never be able to sell this home,” but maybe they should be asking, “Is this Sequim home sellable some day?” [This first paragraph is from Chuck Marunde’s book, Sequim Real Estate: A Buyer’s Guide.]

Buy a Home

Buy a Home You Love

There are several homes on the market that haven’t sold yet, even though they’ve been on the market for a very long time, i.e. years. That doesn’t always mean there is something wrong with them. It may be a unique and expensive home that is waiting for the right qualified buyer. But there are homes that do have a design or location or features that turn buyers off, and some sellers have given up and taken their homes off the market altogether. They did not buy a home they could sell. When building a home, one should also think about sellability.

Buy a Home Others Will Love

Perhaps a couple of examples will help make the point. I know a man who decided to build a fine custom home and sell it. It was his first home as a home builder. He wanted to build a custom quality home that would be impressive and beautiful. So he built a three story luxury home with the garage on the first level. The stairs to the second floor led to the kitchen and living room, and the master bedroom was on the third floor. The laundry room was on the first level, and there was no elevator. The home was initially priced above $600,000. No buyer wanted it. Can you imagine carrying laundry from the third floor down the stairs to the first floor and then back up? And groceries had to be carried up the stairs from the garage to the kitchen. This gentleman had a home that could not be sold.

Another couple built a home that was designed for the wife, who had hip problems. She wanted to be able to take no more than one step to reach the opposite counter in the kitchen. The result was a very narrow galley kitchen no one wanted years later when they needed to sell. 

But there are many other examples. Weird floor plans and driveways so steep you are afraid to use them once. And generally people don’t move to a rural area like Sequim because they always wanted a modern contemporary home. Good luck selling one of those. Whether a person decides to build a home or buy a home, it is really important, especially when you are old, to be able to sell your home to another younger buyer.

When you are ready to buy a home, always think about selling that home. Buy a home you can sell.

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Sequim Home Values

Sequim home values are not easy to determine. In other words, Sequim home values cannot be determined mathematically as easily as they can in many metropolitan areas. This makes it more difficult for buyers to know how much a home is worth, and it makes it harder to know how much to offer. I’ll explain why this is true, and how buyers can decide how much to offer on the home they like.

Sequim Home Values

Sequim Home Values

In a metropolitan area with hundreds of homes selling every week, it is not hard to find comparables (comps) and define the value of a home listed for sale. Comparisons with large numbers will provide a good statistical sample to determine a range of fair market values (FMVs). In a small market like Sequim’s, we don’t always have comps to determine FMV with certainty.

Using comps is the primary method to determine FMV today, but appraisers also use the “cost of replacement” method. The cost of replacement will add up the value of the land, the excavation, the septic and well, and the cost of building the home to determine a total value. During this 8 year recession, Sequim home values have been lower than the cost of replacement by 20% to 30%.

Sequim Home Values and Offers

So what do you do when you find the ideal home and want to make an offer in a small market like the ones we have in Sequim (or Port Townsend)? How do you know what Sequim home values are for a home like the one you want, and how much should you offer?

First, if you’re not from this area, and you are not in real estate full time, you will have to rely on your buyer’s agent to advise you on price. There’s no way around that, which only makes the point I gently have made elsewhere: do your online due diligence and make darn sure you have a buyer’s agent who is knowledgeable, professional, experienced, and honest. Every buyer’s agent will claim to be all those things, but it is your job to do your research and find that agent so you can know you are getting the best advice when it comes to making an offer.

Second, you can do a great deal of analysis yourself by searching and comparing homes online at Sequim-Homes.com. You can also look at the county assessor’s values for homes, although those numbers are not precise either. While this kind of research is important to do, it still takes a lot of interpretation with knowledge of the local real estate market. If you have an iPad, you may want to purchase two short eBooks written by Chuck Marunde for Sequim retirees: Buying Your Retirement Home (Book 1), How to Search for Your Home, and Buying Your Retirement Home (Book 2), How Much to Offer. You can find them in the iBookstore by simply searching the title or by searching “Chuck Marunde”.

Third, in the process of making an offer and determining what Sequim home values are for the home you want, make sure you have an intelligent discussion with your buyer’s agent about values and how you can know what a home is worth. Do not shoot from the hip, and be sure you are making an offer based on solid reasoning. The last thing retirees want to do when they buy a home is pay too much, so when you make an offer, be sure you have a good handle on Sequim home values.

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For Sale in Sequim

This is a cute little home for sale in Sequim. It sits on just under one acre (.99 acres), and it has a beautiful little old barn. The three bedrooms are small, and the kitchen could use updating, but at $215,000 this is a wonderful home for sale in Sequim. The living room is very large, and there’s a family room also with a wood stove. This is a very affordable and practical home. 

For Sale

For Sale in Sequim

There is one negative for some buyers. It is on the Old Olympic Highway. This is not busy like Highway 101, but there still is traffic passing by at 40 mph. This won’t bother some buyers at all, and if you stand at the front door, you can measure the traffic noise yourself. I was surprised, because it was fairly quiet when I stood there. This is a rare find, and it’s going to be a wonderful home for the one lucky buyer who finds this is the ideal home for them.

For Sale – A Bargain Price

You can learn more about this home at For Sale in Sequim, and if you would like to see this home, call me (Chuck) at 360-775-5424.

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I Want a Barn

“I want a barn.” A significant percentage of buyers say this when they look at homes on the Olympic Peninsula. The idea of a 50 year old barn, even a small one, appeals to many people. Unfortunately, many of the 100 year old barns are collapsing now, but there are many still standing strong.

Barn

An Original Barn

This small barn in the photo above was built like many old barns on the Peninsula, with vertical slabs of gorgeous hardwood. [See this property at Sequim Home for Sale.] Of course, back in the days when barns like this were built, no one thought anything of using hardwood. Hardwood was common and did not have the premium value it has today. An old barn today has tremendous value if it has been maintained. Some people will use the hardwood of a demolished barn and clean it up for use in a new home.

Sequim Barns

An Old Sequim Barn

This beautiful old barn is on Blue Mountain Road, and while it is no longer filled with the sounds of mooing cows, it is a precious part of history in the Sequim area. A hundred years ago, Sequim was largely a farming and cattle grazing area with a few family owned dairy farms. One of the attractions to retirees today includes the fact that even with a lot of modern real estate development, Sequim maintains that heritage throughout the county.

Come and visit the Olympic Peninsula and bring your camera. You might want to snap a photo of an old barn or barns. 

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Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

Founder and Broker of
Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
435 W. Bell St. Suite A, Sequim, WA
(360) 775-5424
ChuckMarunde@gmail.com

From Los Angeles

It's rare, but once in awhile life provides the perfect collaborator for an important endeavor such as buying your new home. For me that person was Chuck Marunde. His two decade background as a Real Estate Attorney, his prolific career as an author of articles and books on Real Estate and his forthright and moral character made choosing Chuck a no-brainer. Chuck is dedicated, thorough, incredible at the negotiating table, knowledgeable about all local laws & regs but, most importantly, Chuck loves what he does. And what he does is find his client the perfect property. Chuck isn't about making the sale, he's about making the sale that is OPTIMUM for his CLIENT and this makes Chuck a rare bird indeed. I love my new home in Sequim and I am indebted to Chuck for making it happen. Kevin E.

From Seattle

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chuck over the past three years in selling my parent's estate. It was a tough time to sell during the housing recession, but Chuck always kept things on the positive side. With his real estate law background, he offers sound, practical advice. He helps you along with the process using discussions and reason, rather than opinions and speculations. If Chuck doesn’t know the answers, he will get them for you. In several instances, Chuck took the initiative to meet with county officials to get up-to-date facts about zoning and regulations. I was always impressed with his company’s tech savvy communi-cations and internet presence: weekly email updates, blogs, videos, links, Linked-in networking, etc. He is truly pioneering the future of buying & selling real estate. Brian M.

From Florida

We do our homework for the task at hand and we look for and expect to enlist partners that do the same. It was our good fortune to select Chuck Marunde of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate to represent us as a buyer's broker in our search for a home in the Sequim/Port Angeles area. Chuck's site is all encompassing and super fast compared to many others, he knows the market at every conceivable level and his guidance through the process of selecting and purchasing a home is priceless - above and beyond that of anyone with whom we have ever worked. Add to all this his 20 year background in real estate law and you have discovered a superb asset in the adventure of purchasing a home. Greg and Marilyn

From Gilroy California

As an out of state buyer unfamiliar with the area, it was important to me not only to have a real estate agent who knew the area well, but also one who knew the value of the properties. I chose Chuck because he is also a real estate lawyer and it is reassuring to have that extra degree working for you. I selected the houses I was interested in on line before taking a two day trip to Sequim to look at them in person. I sent my list to Chuck, who gave me feedback, then organized our tour so we could see 16 properties in a short time. He was very accommodating, driving me all over Sequim, and rescheduling appointments when we fell behind on our time. On day two, I found my home and we drafted an offer on it that evening. By the time I arrived back home on the plane the next evening, my offer had been accepted. Chuck was honest about what it would take to get me into my new home, while having my back the entire transaction. Since I was unable to relocate immediately after closing, he and his assistant Ade, have been taking care of many additional responsibilities for me. He was a pleasure to work with. Chris D.

From Corona California

The best decision I made, once I settled on Sequim as the ideal place to spend the rest of my days, was to hook up with Chuck Marunde as my broker/go-to guy. He happily took on the entire complicated merry-go-round associated with a long distance move that involved selling in Southern California (with a different agent) and buying in Sequim – all in the span of just over a month. The unexpectedly quick sale of my previous home was already a week into a 30 day escrow when I got to Sequim for my house hunt. We had two days to find my slice of heaven. And day one was less than stellar, each home having at least one major issue. The killer was the dream home that turned out to be an unmitigated disaster once we got inside. I was crushed. Chuck had his work cut out for him that night. And he worked his magic. On day two there was one beautiful possibility, but not quite right. Suffice to say, in the early afternoon we pulled into a driveway and the first words out of my mouth were “That’s my house.” 29 days later I took possession of my new home. Every sale has its issues, but throwing in the complications of a short escrow on top of 1200 miles of separation from all documentation, etc. gives new meaning to “challenging”. Thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge coupled with a great sense of humor, Chuck was able to keep me on an even keel when things got dicey. He knows when to step in and when to let it evolve. I cannot imagine making this move without him. Rebecca B.
Sequim Real Estate

From Bakersfield California

"During the months of February and March 2012, Chuck showed my wife and I over two dozen homes from Port Angeles to Port Townsend. We found Chuck to be very helpful, friendly and courteous. With Chuck there is no pressure; It is all about finding the best home for the buyer. As a Buyer's Agent, Chuck will give you his honest opinion of a property, including a fair market price. In one instance Chuck wrote up an offer for us which was accepted. Chuck was very helpful arranging for home and well inspections which involved multiple trips to the property. Unfortunately, escrow failed to close when, during the home inspection process, it was determined that a septic system repair was needed which the seller was unwilling/unable to make. We will continue to work with Chuck as there is no better Buyer's Agent on the North Olympic" Bert and Sally
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From Los Alamos New Mexico

"Over a year ago, during a visit to the Olympic Game Farm, we developed what we eventually called the “Sequim Syndrome.” We live in New Mexico and decided Sequim was where we wanted to live in retirement. On our second visit to Sequim, we met with Chuck and asked him to help us. Chuck's web site provides such amazing search capabilities. Chuck's site also contains a 1000 blog postings and a real estate video series detailing buying real estate in Sequim. We bought Chuck's book about Sequim real estate and set out to follow his advice carrying on an ongoing email and phone conversation with Chuck. Doing our due diligence “Marunde style” and using his MLS search site, we came up with about 50 homes that met our needs. We narrowed the list down to 15 properties that best met our needs. We came back to Sequim a third time with our list in hand, and Chuck spent two days with us showing us all the homes on our list. Not only did Chuck help us find that dream home, he spent time to educate us about the quality of construction, fair market values of various properties, home layouts, and the joys of Sequim living. We had a great time as we traveled from house to house. By mid afternoon of the second day, my wife said we had found “the house.” Chuck helped us draft our offer and sent our offer to the seller's agent. It turned out there was a second offer made on the property at the same time. Chuck's help to make a clean offer paid off. At breakfast two days later, we got a call from Chuck saying our offer had been accepted by the sellers. We are now back home in New Mexico. Chuck attends every inspection on our behalf, updating us at every turn by email and phone. Our dream home is becoming a reality because of Chuck and because we were smart enough to follow his advice. We absolutely would NOT have been able to do this without Chuck Marunde's expertise and enthusiasm. We recommend Chuck to everyone planning a move to Sequim, Port Angeles, or anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula. Chuck is a gold mine of information and expertise for home buyers everywhere, not just on the Olympic" Larry and Shirley
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From Sun Lakes Arizona

"We are ex-Washington residents who currently live in Arizona. We had been searching the Puget Sound area four years for a waterfront property to build a retirement home when we first contacted Chuck Marunde through his website. We had made multiple trips to various areas but most of the Realtors we contacted simply sent us an email, provided no follow up and did next to nothing to help us locate a property. On our first trip to Port Angeles, after connecting with Chuck, we purchased our dream property. We now own a high bank waterfront lot overlooking the Straight of Jaun de Fuca, and are excited to become part of the Peninsula community." Paul and Linda

From California

"Andy Romano is a successful motion picture character actor with over 40 years in 'the Biz.' Mr. Romano has a home in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, but he chooses to live most of the time in Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula in the great Pacific Northwest. Why? In his own words, 'Because it's even more beautiful and surrounded by more beauty in this incredibly peaceful and quiet place. With respect to real estate agents or brokers, well my friend Chuck Marunde, owner of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, is hands down the best there" Andy R.

From Sequim

I’ve known Chuck Marunde for several years. My wife and I bought and sold one house through his services, and now have another listed through him for sale. Whether Chuck was representing us as the buyer or seller, I am confident he always had our best interests at heart. He helped us set or negotiate a reasonable price, and made sure there was a clear and open line of communication. He responded rapidly to email and phone calls and always knew the best person to contact for the various services involved in a transaction. I have worked with quite a few real estate agents and Chuck is right at the top of my list of good ones. Actually, Chuck is first and foremost just a good person, and he carries his personal honesty and integrity over into his profession. He has the greatest depth of experience in real estate of any agent or broker I have known. His years of practicing real estate law prior to becoming a broker are evident in the meticulous care he takes with the process and documentation. I am impressed by the way Chuck has integrated internet services into his real estate business. He probably knows more about this process than any other realtor in the country. In this tight market it is important to use every possible means to spread the word about available properties…to reach the few people who might be interested in a particular property. Steve L.

From The Netherlands

"We contacted Chuck about six months ago to help find a retirement property in Sequim. We had visited Sequim several weeks before and decided that this was the place for us to retire. We liked the friendly people and the natural beauty of the area. We had been looking for some time in other parts of the country - California, Oregon, North Carolina, and Vermont. In most of these other areas, we found real estate agents that were knowledgeable but did not follow up with us to continue narrowing down real estate possibilities. Once we were out of earshot, communications would stop. That is one of the reasons we were interested in working with Chuck. Besides having great knowledge of both the local real estate market and of law, his testimonials on the internet indicated a willingness to actively communicate with his clients. Chuck demonstrated this immediately. Even before we met, he responded very quickly and helpfully to any email question. After arriving for a second visit to Sequim in September, we finally met Chuck face to face. He was friendly, encouraging, and readily shared good practical information. We worked with him on a number of candidate properties - including an offer on a property while visiting that week. Although we could not come to terms with the owners on the final property price, we look forward to continuing to work closely with Chuck. He is an invaluable resource to help us identify and purchase the retirement property that's right for us." Paul and Virginia

From Fremont California

We can't say enough about working with Chuck Marunde. Luck would have it that we discovered his web site, spoke with him on the phone and had an instant feeling that we had found our realtor. And we were right. With Chucks help and expertise, our longtime dream to retire to the Pacific Northwest came to fruition with Chuck assisting us in finding the perfect home for us. Buying a home is always a big decision and these days can be complex with unexpected delays etc. In fact, our whole experience from offer day to closing, was very smooth. Chuck took all the time we needed to explain processes and made us feel at ease, even though we lived 800 miles away, tying up loose ends and getting ready for the big move to our new home in Sequim. We were impressed with Chuck's ability to listen to our needs and understand our concerns in buying from a distance. Chuck kept us informed all along the way, during the process and was so good at getting right back to us if we had another question. All went so well and Chuck really went above and beyond for us, taking time out from his busy schedule to assist us with some details regarding our beautiful property, even after the closing, because we were not yet arrived there. Without hesitation, our son and his wife will be contacting Chuck this summer, as they plan to follow us to paradise in this lovely town. Thanks again Chuck, for everything! Mary and Jerry

From Fontana California

My husband and I went to Sequim intending to interview several realtors to find one to help us locate and buy a home in Sequim. We knew we wanted someone we could trust and who would have our best interests in mind. Since we would be handling the transaction from S. California this was very important to us. We met Chuck and looked no further. We felt a connection right away and spent some time looking at homes together so Chuck could get a feel for what we wanted. Well, we left Sequim having made an offer on a home which the owner accepted. Chuck has helped us through the purchase process. We are positive it would not have gone so smoothly without his help. We give him 4 thumbs up. Wally & Cathy

From Tacoma

Chuck Marunde’s level of expertise in real estate investment is amazing. His knowledge, experience and legal training have given me a dramatic advantage in real estate investing. He works hard to stay on the cutting edge of real estate marketing, sound advice and value-added service for his clients. Kirk Wald, Financial Planner

From Wendell Idaho

My wife and I moved to Sequim six weeks ago, and prior to our move here I contacted Chuck Marunde and enlisted his help as our buyer's agent. Once we got here, it took us about two weeks looking at houses, and Chuck did a superb job of showing us places and letting us make our own decisions and guide us through the purchase of our home. We now completed our transaction and are very happy. We would recommend Chuck to anybody. Don & Marilyn

From Sequim

"Buying property either commercial or residential can sometimes be a tricky proposition. That’s why I would recommend Chuck to help you with purchasing or selling property. His background as a real-estate lawyer and his no nonsense to the point advice will help you make the right decisions. Experience and Integrity, what you need when you can’t afford to make a mistake. Dail Hurdlow, CEO, Hurdlow Enterprises

From Seattle

I am an experienced real estate buyer, but I am not from the Sequim area. I am somewhat flexible, realistic, but also particular. So the question was, “how do you choose the RIGHT real estate agent?”

I made my appointment with Chuck on a Sunday morning in March, 2013. He showed me 5 houses. Every house he showed me was within my parameters! I was amazed: a real estate who listened, did his research, and didn't waste my time showing me houses I would never buy! I made an offer a few days later. That was the easy part…

Buying a house is always a stressful time in life. Advice to Buyers: choose an agent who is competent, communicates well, and has exceptional follow-up and follow-through! You will spend a lot of time with your agent during the process. Choose someone likable. Go with your gut. I got to know Chuck during the process, and he's a great guy!

You need an agent who is competent to handle and help you negotiate the issues that come up during disclosure, home inspection, appraisal, etc. Chuck's competence is superb! I got truly professional, sound, straightforward advice.

Chuck's communication skills are exceptional: phone, email, fax. He has a wonderful ability to stay "on-point" with what is actually important and doesn't lead you astray on issues that aren't so important.

Chuck's turn-around time on questions, issue resolution, etc. was virtually always within 24 hours. He follows-up, follows-through. He does what he says he will do timely. This relieves a lot of Buyer stress!

Having a difficult time finding the right agent? Simplify your life! Choose Chuck Marunde. I did. [Name withheld by request]

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From Sequim to California

"In our Sequim real estate broker Chuck Marunde we found a Realtor who knew not only how to list a property, but most importantly, he knew how to sell a property. Chuck is very skilled in current technology and uses that skill to advertise your property nationally. We were very pleased with Chuck, his honesty and integrity." Jerry Levitan and Donna "Teva" Tetiva

Who is Chuck Marunde?

Chuck Marunde is the #1 Sequim Buyer's Agent, having sold more homes (by volume) to buyers than any other agent or any "team" of agents for the past seven years. He is the author of thousands of articles for buyers on this real estate blog, and he is the author of several real estate books for buyers and one for sellers. He is the creator of many free tools that buyers use and love every day. He is recognized as a national expert on real estate transactions, marketing, and negotiating. Please schedule your appointment to view homes with Chuck well in advance of arriving in Sequim.
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